May 8, 2016
from Business Mirror
ABOUT 300 residents of Uson Island in Coron will soon enjoy uninterrupted power supply after the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Busuanga Island Electric Cooperative Inc. (Biselco) broke ground for the P19.61-million Barangay Lajala submarine-cable project.
The submarine cable project is funded through the 2014 subsidy of the Barangay Line Enhancement Program (BLEP) and will be made operational by the first week of August this year, NEA Administrator Edita Bueno said.
“Lahat ng Pilipino, kahit saang isla pa man sila, ay dapat magkaroon ng akses sa kuryente. Sa kaso ng Biselco, na nasa recovery stage pa rin matapos daanan ng [Supertyphoon] Yolanda, kailangan talagang tulungan ang inyong co-op para makabangon at makapagserbisyo pa nang mas mabuti sa lahat ng member-consumers,” Bueno, who led the inauguration, said.
Bueno is hoping the funds released “will translate to more opportunities for Biselco to be a vital instrument in enabling a progressive island of Busuanga.”
Coron Mayor Clara Reyes said the project will boost further the tourism activities of the island known for its greenery and white-sand beaches.
She said the municipality is also currently in talks with other independent players to help install solar facilities in areas that are too far to be connected to the grid.
Meanwhile, Bueno, together with former Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla and Biselco General Manager Ruth Galang, also led the electric cooperatives’s ceremonial switch-on of the 97 sitios energized under the Sitio Electrification Program and the 15 barangays enhanced under BLEP.
On March 31 the target of 32,441 energized sitios, with additional 247, was officially met by the NEA and its partner electric cooperatives.
Meanwhile, a total of 722 enhanced barangay power-distribution systems have already been accomplished by the same partnership from October 2011 to March 2016.